Home / Automotive / Automotive Logistics Market By Mode of Transport (Roadways, Airways, Maritime, Railway), By Activity (Warehousing & Handling, Transportation & Handling), By Logistics Solutions (Inbound logistics, Outbound logistics, Reverse logistics, After market logistics), By Distribution (Domestic, International), By Type (Finished Vehicle, Automobile Parts), By Service (Transportation, Warehousing, Distribution and Inventory Management)- Growth, Share, Opportunities & Competitive Analysis, 2022 – 2030

Automotive Logistics Market By Mode of Transport (Roadways, Airways, Maritime, Railway), By Activity (Warehousing & Handling, Transportation & Handling), By Logistics Solutions (Inbound logistics, Outbound logistics, Reverse logistics, After market logistics), By Distribution (Domestic, International), By Type (Finished Vehicle, Automobile Parts), By Service (Transportation, Warehousing, Distribution and Inventory Management)- Growth, Share, Opportunities & Competitive Analysis, 2022 – 2030

The Automotive Logistics Market is anticipated to expand at a CAGR of 7.5% during the forecast period of 2023 to 2031. Increasing car production, forthcoming infrastructure projects, and the introduction of electric vehicles are the primary factors driving market expansion. Logistics in the automotive industry includes inbound transportation management of raw materials and components, garage transportation management of the production process, and transportation management of vehicles and spare parts, including distribution processing delivery, object purchasing, loading and unloading, storage, transportation, and information processing. With the fast growth of the automotive industry, automotive logistics is essential for decreasing supply chain costs.

Domestic Distribution Will Be the Greatest Market Driver

Domestic logistics encompasses the services necessary for transporting automobiles and goods inside a country or area. For instance, a passenger car made in China and sent to India would be included in the Asia-Oceania domestic logistics market. A region's international logistics market covers the logistical services required to transport automobiles between regions. The worldwide logistics market of Asia Oceania might encompass, for instance, a passenger automobile made in Asia and shipped to Europe. Asia Oceania is the greatest market for domestic logistics since China, Japan, and India produce so many automobiles. Europe is the second largest market due to the EU's facilitation of the free movement of people and goods among its member states. Similarly, in North America, U.S.-manufactured automobiles and components may be easily shipped to Canada and Mexico. Consequently, domestic distribution is anticipated to increase rapidly during the predicted period.

The Trend of Third-Party Logistics to Boost the Market Growth

The future trend of the automotive supply chain is to improve the division of labor. Distribution and component manufacturing will be separated from manufacturing firms. In addition, a portion of logistical management duties will be delegated to third-party logistics (3PL) in order to cut capital expenditures and operating expenses. Using a 3PL enables businesses to acquire more market intelligence, extend operations without the use of assets to all corners of the globe, and join international markets more quickly. Consequently, the 3PL model will become the predominant type of logistics in the automobile sector.

Increasing Growth in Warehousing

The major participants in the logistics sector also provide warehouse services to original equipment manufacturers and Tier I/Tier II component manufacturers. These services enable original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) can implement just-in-time (JIT) and just-in-sequence (JIS) assembly line production. The demand for these services is contingent upon automobile production. Consequently, regions with greater vehicle manufacturing will have a larger proportion of the market for warehouses. Logistics service providers offer OEMs assembly services in addition to warehousing. In Ghent, Belgium, for instance, DSV provides component assembly and storage services for Volvo Cars. The plant produces the XC60, S60, V40, and V40 Cross Country models of Volvo. Due to increased car manufacturing and component pre-assembly, it is anticipated that the warehouse category would experience the most growth during the projected period.

Improving Finished Vehicle Logistics (FVL) Operations Efficiency will Drive Market Growth

As operating efficiency increases, fewer vehicles will be required. For instance, NVD, an Irish automotive distributor, implemented intelligent technologies to streamline its logistics process. In 45 minutes, NVD is now able to load eight to ten automobiles onto a truck, reducing client lead times and doubling company production. In contrast, this procedure takes more than three hours in Eastern European facilities. Increasing FVL efficiency will hence drive market expansion over the forecast period.

Digitalization Of Operations Will Enhance Market Expansion

The increased adoption of software-based systems by automakers to handle logistical processes has resulted in major benefits, such as the enhancement of supply chain visibility and operational efficacy. General Motors, for instance, was an early adopter of the Outbound Logistics Software. During the pandemic-induced crisis, the program (which includes onboard asset telematics and geofencing technology, among other technologies) has significantly improved visibility in-vehicle delivery, improved truck utilization, and is being utilized to increase company dealer deliveries. Consequently, the digitalization of operations will have a beneficial impact on market growth during the projection period.

The Lack Of Truck Drivers Will Restrain Expansion

In the past few years, freight costs have risen significantly. The shortage of truck drivers is a major contributor to the increased expenses. During the projected period, the trend of decreasing driver supply and rising transport demand from manufacturers is anticipated to continue. According to the German Freight Forwarding and Logistics Association (DSLV), an average of 30,000 drivers retire annually in Germany. However, there are only approximately 2,000 fully-trained truck drivers available for replacement, resulting in a shortfall of 45,000 drivers in Germany alone. Similarly, the American Trucking Association reports that there is a lack of over 60,000 certified truck drivers in the United States. Consequently, these challenges may inhibit the growth of the automotive logistics industry.

Transportation & Handling Segment to Hold Largest Share Due to Growing Telematics Adoption

The market is split by activity into transportation & handling and storage & handling. In 2021, the transportation & handling category retained the highest market share. Companies are investing heavily in data-driven transportation efficiency solutions. Certain telematics solutions, for instance, can effectively manage a truck's path, and if there is a delay in the delivery of components, the data can be relayed in real-time to the plant. Therefore, a plant shutdown can be avoided, and automakers can swiftly manage and remedy the situation. Therefore, these factors will promote the expansion of this market segment.

During the forecast period, the warehousing & handling category is anticipated to demonstrate a higher CAGR. The expansion of this category can be attributable to the increased demand for light commercial vehicles in emerging nations and the rising demand for expanding the capacity of warehouses and storage facilities.

 Due to Large-Scale Production in Emerging Economies, the Domestic Market will dominate in 2021

Domestic and international markets are categorized based on distribution. In 2021, the domestic market held the highest market share. There is a rise in the number of policies in nations like India and China that encourage domestic manufacturing. In addition, the European Union's (EU) facilitation of the free movement of car parts and raw materials across EU countries is driving the expansion of this market segment. The overseas market sector is anticipated to experience robust expansion. The rising demand for luxury vehicles and the reduction of import duties in developing nations would have a beneficial effect on the expansion of this market segment.

In 2021, the automobile parts market will be dominated by the expansion of the e-commerce industry

The market is split by type into finished vehicles and auto parts. In 2021, the vehicle parts sector dominated the market. This sector accounts for spare parts transportation management revenue earned by both aftermarket dealers and original equipment manufacturers. This segment's quick expansion is fueled by the increased use of omnichannel tactics, such as e-commerce, which enable enterprises to supply a wide choice of products with on-time delivery. In addition, the tightening of pollution rules is driving demand for aftermarket parts to improve existing vehicle fleets. Consequently, these factors will propel the expansion of this category over the predicted period.

The finished vehicle segment is also anticipated to experience significant market expansion. Several wealthy nations' zero-emission vehicle standards feed the market for electric automobiles (EVs). In addition, government incentives such as tax exemptions, tax credits, purchase rebates, and fee waivers (for parking and charging, among others) contribute to the growing demand for electric vehicles. These factors are anticipated to increase the segment's growth throughout the forecast period.

In 2021, The Roadways Segment Dominated Fueled by Infrastructure Technological Advancements

The market is classified by mode of transport into roads, railroads, waterways, and airways. In 2020, the highways sector dominated the market. Low costs and the deployment of intelligent transport systems in places like Europe, which permits high-level connection, platooning, and the potential for automated driving, are driving the expansion of the highways segment. Due to the increased availability of high-performing port services and high-quality infrastructure that enables the elimination of unnecessary expenses for transport operators, shippers, and consumers, the marine market segment is expected to experience strong growth.

Asia-Oceania Is Anticipated to Have the Greatest Market Size Over the Projection Period

Particularly in rising markets like China and India, the automobile logistics business has experienced tremendous expansion. During the next eight years, Asia Oceania is anticipated to experience an annual growth rate of 7-8%, in line with the global average. Due to low salaries, an abundance of raw materials, rising demand for vehicles, and the presence of major OEMs such as Toyota (Japan), Maruti Suzuki (India), SAIC (China), Honda (Japan), Geely (China), and Hyundai, the region's automotive production has increased (South Korea). China, Japan, India, and South Korea export automobiles to numerous European and North American nations. The Belt and Road Initiative, which aims to enhance infrastructure, trade, and investment linkages between China and a number of other nations, is one of the major projects anticipated to drive the market in the Asia-Oceania area. The Indian Railways is developing six dedicated freight corridors (DFCs) that span 2,800 kilometers across the country's eastern and western regions in an effort to improve its logistical services.

Asia-Pacific held the greatest market share for automotive logistics in 2021. The exponential rise of automobile production in this region is due to factors such as the increasing demand for automobiles, the availability of raw materials, and low salaries. Moreover, the presence of major OEMs such as Honda, Toyota, Hyundai, and BYD that are focused on localizing their production to reduce operational costs and export vehicles to various countries and regions, such as the United States and Europe, is also responsible for the expansion of the automotive industry in this region.
OEMs have a growing requirement for logistical services for transportation, assembly, and storage in order to optimize the supply chain. For example, in June 2019, GEFCO established a new company in Chongqing specializing in the import and export of automobiles by rail between Europe, Russia, and China, as well as the expansion of all other GEFCO logistics operations in the central region of China. Consequently, these elements are responsible for the exponential expansion of the market in this region.

Europe is also anticipated to have robust market growth. The growth of the European market will be fueled by factors such as the expansion of the e-commerce industry, the emphasis of regional original equipment manufacturers on reorganizing supply chains to prevent dependence on a single region, and the rising demand for electric vehicles. During the forecast period, North America is anticipated to maintain consistent growth. The optimized performance of multimodal logistical chains and improved infrastructure, which are reducing logistical costs, are driving the expansion of this region's market.

Market to Remain Fragmented

The market for automotive logistics is fragmented, with the existence of large global firms, small and medium-sized local players, and a small number of market-share-holding players. To meet market demands, the majority of global logistics businesses have an automobile logistics segment. Additionally, local competitors are upgrading their inventory management, service offerings, product handling, and technological skills. Market competition among third-party logistics (3PL) service providers are fiercely based on reliability and supply chain capacity. By providing services with extra value, businesses could differentiate their service offerings. Increasing e-commerce sales present both opportunities and challenges for logistics companies in terms of speed, delivery, etc. DHL (Germany), XPO (United States), SNCF (France), Kuehne + Nagel (Switzerland), DSV (Denmark), Ryder (United States), CEVA (United Kingdom), Imperial (South Africa), Panalpina (Switzerland), and Expeditors are the market leaders (US). Expansions, new product development, and collaborations are some of the primary strategies utilized by the market. Kuehne & Nagel, for instance, extended its regional network in Central Asia to offer a comprehensive service portfolio to local and international customers from all main industries in the region. GEFCO, DSV, Keuhne+Nagel, Penske Automotive Group, Inc., Ryder System, Inc., DB Schenker, and CEVA are participating in productive alliances and growing merger & acquisition activity in order to capture a larger piece of the market in emerging markets. In March 2021, for instance, GEFCO teamed with Polestar, an electric performance car manufacturer, to deliver electric vehicles to individual clients in Shanghai and Beijing. Similarly, in April 2021, CEVA Logistics renewed its contract with Volkswagen to run the auto parts distribution center in Vinhedo, Brazil. Since 2010, CEVA has operated the site successfully, and the 132,000-square-meter facility is the largest of its kind in Latin America. Therefore, a rise in profitability with an emphasis on international expansion will have a favorable effect on the position of market leaders.

Historical & Forecast Period

This study report represents analysis of each segment from 2020 to 2030 considering 2021 as the base year. Compounded Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) for each of the respective segments estimated for the forecast period of 2022 to 2030.

The current report comprises of quantitative market estimations for each micro market for every geographical region and qualitative market analysis such as micro and macro environment analysis, market trends, competitive intelligence, segment analysis, porters five force model, top winning strategies, top investment markets, emerging trends and technological analysis, case studies, strategic conclusions and recommendations and other key market insights.

Research Methodology

The complete research study was conducted in three phases, namely: secondary research, primary research, and expert panel review. key data point that enables the estimation of Automotive Logistics market are as follows:

  • Research and development budgets of manufacturers and government spending
  • Revenues of key companies in the market segment
  • Number of end users and consumption volume, price and value.
  • Geographical revenues generate by countries considered in the report
  • Micro and macro environment factors that are currently influencing the Automotive Logistics market and their expected impact during the forecast period.

Market forecast was performed through proprietary software that analyzes various qualitative and quantitative factors. Growth rate and CAGR were estimated through intensive secondary and primary research. Data triangulation across various data points provides accuracy across various analyzed market segments in the report. Application of both top down and bottom-up approach for validation of market estimation assures logical, methodical and mathematical consistency of the quantitative data.

Research Period  2020-2030
Base Year 2021
Forecast Period  2022-2030
Historical Year  2020
Unit  USD Million
Mode of Transport
  • Roadways
  • Airways
  • Maritime
  • Railway

  • Warehousing & Handling
  • Transportation & Handling

Logistics Solutions
  • Inbound logistics
  • Outbound logistics
  • Reverse logistics
  • After market logistics

  • Domestic
  • International

  • Finished Vehicle
  • Automobile Parts

  • Transportation
  • Warehousing, Distribution and Inventory Management
  • Other Services

 Region Segment (2020–2030; US$ Million)

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
    • Rest of North America
  • UK and European Union
    • UK
    • Germany
    • Spain
    • Italy
    • France
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • Australia
    • South Korea
    • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Rest of Latin America
  • Middle East and Africa
    • GCC
    • Africa
    • Rest of Middle East and Africa
Global Impact of Covid-19 Segment (2020-2021; US$ Million )
  • Pre Covid-19 situation
  • Post Covid-19 situation

Key questions answered in this report

  • What are the key micro and macro environmental factors that are impacting the growth of Automotive Logistics market?
  • What are the key investment pockets with respect to product segments and geographies currently and during the forecast period?
  • Estimated forecast and market projections up to 2030.
  • Which segment accounts for the fastest CAGR during the forecast period?
  • Which market segment holds a larger market share and why?
  • Are low and middle-income economies investing in the Automotive Logistics market?
  • Which is the largest regional market for Automotive Logistics market?
  • What are the market trends and dynamics in emerging markets such as Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa?
  • Which are the key trends driving Automotive Logistics market growth?
  • Who are the key competitors and what are their key strategies to enhance their market presence in the Automotive Logistics market worldwide?
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